#83- Something about the wily eunuch Zhao (Cont’d 3)

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Most of them were frightened of the eunuch and said it was a horse. (They were right to be scared – Zhao later punished all those who had dared to call it a deer) The phrase pointing to a deer and calling it a horse has become a well-known proverb in the Chinese language. It describes a situation where right and wrong are deliberately mixed up.


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1.大多数的太臣们都害怕赵太坚, 并说那一只鹿是马
= Most of them were frightened of the eunuch and said it was a horse.
2.(他们怕的是对的-因为赵高後来处罚所有敢说那只是鹿而不是马的大臣)
= (They were right to be scared – Zhao later punished all those who had dared to call it a deer)
3.这句话”指鹿为马”, 後来在中国变为一句有名成语
= The phrase pointing to a deer and calling it a horse has become a well-known proverb in the Chinese language.
4. 它来形容一些是非故意被搞混的状况
= It describes a situation where right and wrong are deliberately mixed up.


:) Chinese Proverb 

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Vocabulary

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1. Most of them = 大多数 dàduōshù

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2. frighten = 害怕 hàipà

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3. horse =马 mǎ

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4. punish = 处罚 chǔfá

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5. dare = 敢 gǎn

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6. pointing to a deer and calling it a horse(Calling A Stag A Horse) = 指鹿為馬 zhǐlùwéimǎ

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7. proverb = 成语 chéngyǔ

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8. describe = 形容 xíngróng

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9. situation = 壮 况zhuàngkuàng

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10. right and wrong are deliberately mixed up =

是非shìfēi
故意 gùyì
被搞乱bèi gǎo luàn .

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